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Passing of Paul Artman, Former Irwin Province Commander

Published on: January 3, 2022

The Honorable Paul C. Artman, Jr. (Delta Beta–Delta State ’70), former Commander of the Emmett Lee Irwin Province, passed away on December 28, at the age of 70. His obituary may be found here.  First elected Irwin Province Commander on February 13, 1982, Artman had previously served as Delta Beta Chapter Alumnus Advisor for nine…

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Passing of Bill Wood, Grandson of Chief Founder James Ward Wood

Published on: August 11, 2021

William A. “Bill” Wood passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Winchester, Virginia. Brother Wood was the grandson of Chief Founder James Ward Wood. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna W. Wood on March 30, 2018, a daughter, Robin Stultz, and brothers, John W. Wood, Harlin Wood…

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Passing of Former Knight Commander Jack Richesin Taylor

Published on: July 9, 2021

The Order is saddened to report that Jack Richesin Taylor passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He served as the 31st Knight Commander from 1981 until 1985. Knight Commander C. Douglas Simmons III has declared an official period of mourning for thirty (30) days beginning on July 1, 2021. During…

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Passing of Former KAOEF Trustee Gordon H. “Stumpy” Harris

Published on: April 6, 2021

Former KAOEF Trustee Gordon H. “Stumpy” Harris of Orlando, Florida, passed away as a result of respiratory failure on April 1, 2021. He was 82. Born on May 7, 1938, Stumpy’s reputation as a skilled attorney and litigator was nationally known. Specializing in eminent domain cases, he ultimately argued, and won, before the United States…

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Ole Miss Alumnus Remembered with Scholarship

Published on: October 1, 2019

The late Glenn W. Cofield (Alpha Upsilon–Mississippi ’80) of Memphis, Tennessee, was known for waiting by cash registers at the grocery store, paying bills for large families and then leaving before anyone could thank him. He was a community servant who wanted no accolades. “Everyone should know how giving Glenn Cofield was and how much…

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Passing of George Randall Smith, Former South Carolina Province Commander

Published on: January 17, 2019

George Randall “Randy” Smith (Iota–Furman ’59), former South Carolina Province Commander, passed away on Monday, December 31, at the age of seventy-eight. Randy was a native and lifelong resident of the Greenville/Taylors area and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962 from Furman University. He was an active member of Taylors First Baptist Church…

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Passing of T. Michael Cobb, Former Hamilton Court of Honor Registrar/Preceptor

Published on: January 16, 2019

T. Michael “Mike” Cobb (Beta Upsilon–Marshall ’65), former Registrar and Preceptor for the Hamilton Province Court of Honor passed away on January 7, 2019, at the age of seventy-four. From his full obituary, “The beliefs by which Mike lived his life were embodied in his college fraternity Kappa Alpha Order.” Mike was a graduate of…

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Newberry Dedicates New Pearson Hall

Published on: January 10, 2019

In November, Newberry College hosted a dedication for Pearson Hall, the school’s newly constructed residence hall named in memory of L. Wayne Pearson, Sr. (Delta Epsilon–Newberry ’67). Pearson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lowcountry Savings Bank in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina from 1986 until it was acquired by Carolina First Bank in…

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Passing of Frank Maresh

Published on: October 19, 2018

Franklin “Frank” William Maresh (Omicron–Texas ‘58) passed away on Tuesday, October 2, at the age of seventy-nine in Kerrville, Texas, with his children near him. Frank is a former Chairman and President of the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation (KAOEF). Frank attended the University of Texas at Austin earning a B.B.A. with Honors in Accounting…

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Former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom Passes Away at 89

Published on: February 4, 2017

Robert S. “Bob” Folsom (Beta Lambda–Southern Methodist ’44) passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at his home in Dallas, Texas. Bob was a successful businessman, turning $4,000 into a multi-million-dollar real-estate business and was Mayor of Dallas from 1976 to 1981. He saw the Reunion Arena to its completion, helped bring the NBA…

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